Tuesday, May 24, 2011
A new research:The healthcare IT market of the US is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 24% during 2012 - 2014
Report from RNCOS:Healthcare IT Market Surging High in US
The US healthcare IT industry has been taking huge strides for the past few years. Currently, the US healthcare IT market is highly fragmented with local vendors, known for their legacy systems, retaining a strong position. As it is still at its development stage, various companies are making hefty investments in the country. Thus, the healthcare IT market of the country is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of over 24% during 2012 - 2014, says our new research report “US Healthcare IT Market Analysis”.
Our report provides extensive study of the US healthcare IT market and has included detail description of the factors driving the growth of the industry. Among several factors discussed in the report, consolidation of the industry has been identified as the critical factor for the surging revenue of the healthcare IT industry. It is also considered important due to the fact that, it helps in technology exchange and development of advanced and technologically innovative healthcare services. Further, mergers & acquisition activities in the healthcare IT space will continue to be strong in coming quarters. During 2008 and Q3 - 2009, 112 mergers & acquisitions related to the healthcare IT market were completed across the globe, major were from the US.
Our team of experts has segmented the healthcare IT market into IT hardware, IT software, and IT services. Besides, various components of the healthcare IT market, such as hospital IT market, m-health market, e-health market etc. have been covered in the report. Most importantly, detail statistics regarding all the segments and components has also included in our report.
“US Healthcare IT Market Analysis” also provides information of the key competitors in the market along with their business information and areas of expertise. It provides segment level analysis of the industry along with the emerging trends that may shape up with the betterment of economic conditions. The research will help consultants, industry analysts, and vendors to get an in-depth knowledge of the current, past, and future performance of the industry.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Rancho Gordo's heirloom dried beans turn up on some of the swellest tables in the Bay Area, from Manresa to the French Laundry. With evocative names like 'Eye of the Goat' and 'Sangre de Toro' (bull's blood), these splotched and speckled beans have made Napa's Rancho Gordo, the distributor and online retailer, into a million-dollar business.
Now for the news flash: You can grow these beans at home. Many of Rancho Gordo's customers may not realize that they can buy a pound of 'Good Mother Stollard' beans, save a dozen and cook the rest. Planted in warm ground in late spring or early summer, the saved beans will sprout, grow like mad (remember Jack's bean stalk?) and produce a modest crop suitable for soup and for bragging rights in the neighborhood.
"In Napa, I've planted as late as July 1, and those plants caught up with the ones I planted in late April," says Steve Sando, Rancho Gordo founder and author of the new "Rancho Gordo Heirloom Bean Growing" Guide. "June is safe for everybody."
Planting heirloom bean seeds (see Resources) ensures that you can save some of your harvest as seed for the following year. Hybrids do not "come true," meaning that if you save their seeds for replanting, the next generation may not look like the parents. What's more, heirlooms provide the satisfaction of knowing you are perpetuating beans with long histories and often deep cultural significance but little commercial utility. Heirlooms may not produce the yield or have the disease resistance that commercial growers require, but they endure in communities because of their superior taste.
And Sando insists that growing heirlooms successfully takes no special soil, skill or attentiveness.
"You can almost just stick the seed in unprepared ground and prepare to be amazed," says the merchant, who grew some of his own supply initially but now contracts with growers in the United States and Mexico for his inventory.
But you will need sun, so choose a site that gets six to eight hours of sunlight a day. Beans prefer a very slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.0 to 6.8); an inexpensive soil-testing kit from a nursery or hardware store can give you a reasonably accurate pH reading. If your soil is too acidic, dig in some dolomitic lime. If too alkaline, add some compost or composted manure. Avoid adding too much nitrogen, however, or your plants will produce mostly leaves and not much crop.
Some heirloom beans are bush types that don't require support; others are tall-growing pole beans that want to clamber up a trellis, tepee or fence. Sando says that his Mexican growers never use supports, even for pole beans, and that his own trials showed no advantage to trellising pole types. If you have enough room, says Sando, you can simply let them sprawl. If your garden space is more limited, or if you would rather it look a little more as if Martha Stewart lived there, provide some support (see "How to make a trellis").
Beans germinate slowly, if at all, in cold ground, so wait until the soil temperature warms to at least 60 degrees. A soil temperature of 80 degrees is even better for germination. Plant the seeds about an inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. Provide moderate water - about an inch a week, depending on weather - and watch for bean beetles. Hand-pick any you see. Floating row covers can provide some protection for bush beans.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Heart disease and stroke, the number one and three causes of death of Americans..
Seven lifestyle behaviors for healthy heart...
The American Heart Association calls these “Life’s Simple Seven.” Improvements in these seven areas can greatly impact quality of life and life span. Life’s Simple Seven recommends that people:
1. Stop smoking
2. Get active
3. Lose weight
4. Eat better
5. Manage blood pressure
6. Control cholesterol
7. Reduce blood sugar
Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, has many benefits. It can:
.Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system.
.Improve your circulation and help your body use oxygen better.
.Improve your heart failure symptoms.
.Increase energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath.
.Lower blood pressure.
.Improve muscle tone and strength.
.Improve balance and joint flexibility.
.Help reduce body fat and help you reach a healthy weight.
.Help reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and depression.
.Boost self-image and self-esteem.
.Make you feel more relaxed and rested.
.Make you look fit and feel healthy.
My Life Check is an accurate, personal assessment in the seven areas. After entering your information, the personal heart score will suggest simple steps to improve your heart health and quality of life. It will provide specific action plans that designed to help change behaviors and realize individual health goals.
These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements will make a big difference.
It’s never too late to make better choices for health. It’s better to stop heart disease before it even starts. The AHA recommends starting with small, simple changes and goals. The idea is to eventually stop making poor lifestyle choices.
Research shows those who can reach cardiovascular wellness goals by age 50 can expect to live another 40 years free from heart disease and stroke.
How Often Should I Exercise?
In general, to achieve maximum benefits, you should gradually work up to an aerobic session lasting 20 to 30 minutes, at least three to four times a week. Exercising every day or every other day will help you keep a regular aerobic exercise schedule.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Obesity in the U.S....
Fine Food and Fat: Are Chefs to Blame for Obesity.
Obesity — or fatness, as it used to be called — is the touchiest of topics. From Michelle Obama to Anthony Bourdain, when you talk about America's weight, you talk at your own risk. And a lot of chefs, restaurant chains and food manufacturers face the same quandary. Our feelings are mixed-up at best. Fatness is a thing to be loathed and a condition to be accepted; a medical contagion but also a lifestyle choice; a condition defined by body mass index, or self-esteem, or coercive fashion magazine editrixes, depending on your point of view. At the very least, it is the specter and shadow of eating in the U.S., and as complicated as the great, conflicted, hungry nation that is its natural habitat.
The facts of obesity are well known to everyone. By some estimates, roughly two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, and over 25% of American children are. There is a corresponding epidemic of heart disease, diabetes and various other life-threatening ailments to go with all this weight gain, to the point that obesity has been called the No. 1 health problem in the U.S. by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health.
For Bourdain, having made the transition from chef to food personality, obesity has risen to the level of a public-health problem — or so he said on Nightline last week. "I think that if you're at the point that you need help getting out of the car, if you're raising kids that are morbidly obese by the time they're 5 or 6, or if you're clogging an exit, now it's not a lifestyle choice: it's a problem that others will have to deal with." In fact, the svelte former chef was much less guarded in 2008 with Ted Nugent, a noted fatty basher: "If you're leaking over into my seat on a plane that I paid full price for, you're paying half my seat, jumbo."
Bourdain speaks plainly what a lot of people in the food business think themselves. At the same time, we've seen culinary trends that aren't exactly a formula for manufacturing Audrey Hepburns: the past few years have seen a major embrace of animal fats, offal, bacon and the like. That's part of the energy of the all-potent marketplace, in which better-tasting, more explosively delicious food crowds out its more pallid rivals in a Darwinian race to the bottom of your large intestine. Any number of food personalities have tried over and over to combat obesity via low-calorie cooking — from Rachael Ray to Rocco DiSpirito to Rozanne Gold to Jamie Oliver and innumerable others. Some have even tried to teach kids to eat well, which is invariably an uphill battle. I've written before about Oliver's monumental failure to get children to not like processed chicken nuggets on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. If the most likable man in food can't gross out kids with blendered bones, what hope does anyone have of getting them to eat healthily?
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The State Department apologized for a computer glitch that invalidated results for thousands who thought they were chosen in the most recent green card visa lottery.
Millions of people worldwide apply for the 50,000 permanent resident visas issued a year to relocate to the U.S.
A computer randomly picks would-be immigrants who then undergo interviews, background checks and medical exams before visas can be issued.
"Due to a computer programming problem, the results of the 2012 diversity lottery that were previously posted on this website have been voided," the State Department said in a statement Friday. "We regret any inconvenience this might have caused."
The results of lottery were not valid, and the drawing will be redone.
"They did not represent a fair random selection of the entrants, which is required by U.S. law," said David Donahue, a deputy assistant for the State Department.
US Apologizes for Visa Lottery Error..
The State Department is apologizing for a computer error that led thousands of people to believe they had been selected as finalists in a U.S. immigrant visa lottery. The selection process, involving nearly 15 million visa applicants, will be re-run.
The State Department is making a rare public apology for an embarrassing computer error that has prompted it to re-do its 2012 diversity immigrant visa lottery.
The diversity visa lottery was established by the Congress in 1994 to increase the number of immigrants coming to the country from developing states and other countries with traditionally low rates of immigration to the United States.
Nearly 15 million people, representing about 20 million with family members included, registered late last year for the 2012 computerized lottery under which 50,000 visa winners were to be selected.
State Department officials say the error caused 90 percent of the people selected as visa finalists to have been drawn from applications received on the first two days of the month-long entry process that began last October.
When the error was discovered in recent days, officials decided that the selection was neither random nor fair and would have to be done again.
But they estimate that in the meantime more than 20,000 applicants had been informed erroneously that they had been chosen to move ahead in the process.
In a message posted Friday on the State Department's visa website, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Donahue explained and apologized.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Scientists believe that periods of sleep called short-wave sleep are important for the consolidation of "memories" acquired during the day.
Just before going to bed, some of the volunteers were given a drug designed to increase levels of acetylcholine, which is a chemical neurotransmitter found in the brain and central nervous system.
The others were left with normal levels of acetylcholine.
In the middle of the night, they were re-tested on a list of words they had been asked to memorise the previous day.
Those with high acetylcholine levels did worse than those who had not been given the drug.
Researchers from a German University found that volunteers with boosted levels of acetylcholine performed less well in night-time memory tests.
The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is intriguing for experts interested in Alzheimer's disease.
A lack of the chemical is currently thought to play a role in the illness.
The small study at the University of Lubeck focuses on healthy young men - rather than older subjects or Alzheimer's patients.
The researchers wanted to test the relationship between levels of the brain chemical to their ability to lay down new memories during the night.
While the aim of the study was primarily to test the mechanisms of memory storage, the authors said it might suggest ways of improving the treatment of some Alzheimer's patients.
Many take drugs that boost acetylcholine levels before going to bed because they will then sleep through any unpleasant side-effects.
However, the researchers wrote: "The finding implies that the administration of cholinesterase inhibitors before sleep in Alzheimer's patients should be reconsidered."
India brings luxury lifestyle title Robb; The new emerging destination of luxury .
India has witnessed the launch of its very own edition of Robb Report. The premiere issue of Robb Report India reached the country’s most affluent readers on 5th May, 2011. CurtCo Media, the publishers of Robb Report across China, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and Middle East has partnered with India Today Group to present the international luxury lifestyle in India.
Aimed at the country’s most wealthy individuals, India’s richest connoisseurs, gourmands, thrill seekers and treasure hunters can now turn to the pages of Robb Report India to discover how to spend their money on the finer things in life. From art, watches, yachts, private jets, wine, haute cuisine, travel, style and sport, Robb Report India will define elegance and distinction for India’s discerning luxury consumers.Robb Report India will focus on luxury goods and services offered both internationally and in India. It will be a guide to the best-in-class the world has to offer including some of the finest experiences and must-haves from the Indian subcontinent.
The 8th international edition, Robb Report India will match the exacting standards set by its cousins around the world.
“India is fast becoming a hub of luxury, with its growing clan of über-rich billionaires and booming businesses. For connoisseurs seeking the very best that life has to offer, Robb Report remains the essential luxury resource. We are therefore pleased to add Robb Report to our stable of market-leading brands, and to growing our relationship with the wealthiest homes in India.” said India Today Group Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Aroon Purie.
Robb Report India will publish 12 issues every year and will be available only by invitation to a restricted list of readers. With an initial print run of 35,000 copies, the magazine will reach out to high net worth individuals and connoisseurs across India. The inaugural issue will showcase the products and services available from the most prestigious luxury brands around the globe, and will also provide its sophisticated readership with detailed insight into a range of these subjects, which include antique and luxury automobiles, yachts, real estate, destinations, exquisite real estate, private aircraft, fashion, fine jewellery and watches, art, wine, state-of-the-art home décor and much more.
Govind Dhar has been appointed as the Executive Editor of Robb Report India. Govind has extensive experience in the field of lifestyle luxury journalism and has lent his expertise to some of the most respected media houses and publications.
The Minister of Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to live a healthy lifestyle
The Minister of Health, Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has emphasized the need for Ghanaians to live a healthy lifestyle in order to ensure universal healthcare in the country.
He said the country could achieve universal health service delivery and prevent deaths caused by preventable diseases such as cholera, malaria and diarrhea if Ghanaians lived a healthy life.
The minister made this call during the opening ceremony of a three-day national wellness and healthcare conference and exhibition held in Accra.
Speaking on the theme for the occasion, 'A Healthy Productive People Create a National Legacy of wealth', the minister noted that health service personnel would be more effective if they did not have to treat preventable and contagious diseases like cholera, malaria and diarrhea.
He said deaths which resulted from contagious diseases could be prevented if people lived a healthy lifestyle and ensured that their environment was clean.
'No matter the health facility, people will die if we do not take care of our bodies and environment,' he stated.
He said his ministry had been given the mandate to ensure that universal health care was made possible to everyone, hence a series of activities initiated by the ministry to achieve that aim.
'This we are doing by providing financial access to health services as well as training more health personnel to ensure they are skilled and available to everyone at all times,' he noted.
He further called on Ghanaians to take their life seriously by eating healthy foods and exercising as well as keeping their surroundings clean.
Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah, Chairman of the planning committee of the conference and exhibition, in his address, said solving the problem of quality healthcare delivery should be looked at wholly, as healthcare institutions alone could not solve the problem.
He said the conference was aimed at bringing other sectors together to deliberate on the issue of how to provide quality healthcare delivery to citizens in the country.
'As money is invested into education, job creation, environment, and building of infrastructure, we must also look at how much is needed for the provision of quality health care in the country so that sicknesses such as cholera and malaria can be eradicated from our communities,' he said.
Rev. Korankye Ankrah also expressed the need for the private sector and other government departments to collaborate in order to ensure that quality healthcare was provided.
'This is the reason we have all this personalities from the private sector to discuss the strategies we can take to ensure quality health delivery,' he said.
He observed that healthcare extended from homes to schools, offices, streets, gutters and to the hospital, inviting everyone to get involved in ensuring that communities are sanitary.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Can you tailor a credit card to fit your lifestyle and keep you out of debt?
Can a credit card fit your lifestyle?
If you're looking for the perfect credit card, don't just focus on the interest rate. It's the perks that make the difference.
Here are some tips from the experts on the perfect card for you depending on your stage of life.
First off, when it comes to credit cards for college students or recents grads they need to realize that they should only charge what they know they can pay off the next month or over the next few billing cycles.
The Sony Card from Capital One is a good one. It's starts off with the low introductory rate of 0% APR for the first 10 months, and it's rich in rewards points especially for tech products and items that'll go into that first apartment.
Another great card for the 20 and 30 somethings who love to socialize is the Citi Forward card. For those who go to bookstores, restaurants, bar, theatres, you get a lot of rewards points for all of that socializing.Five points per dollar spent. And you get extra rewards for getting your statements online and going paperless.
When it comes to credit cards for parents a great one is the American Express 529 College Rewards card because you need to thinkin about savings for your child's education. Two percent of your purchases are put aside into an account with Fidelity Investments and that goes into your child's college fund.
Finally if you have bad credit because of bankruptcy or divorce the Orchard Bank Classic Mastercard is great for starting over. It's not a traditional credit card. It's a secured card. You put up a certain amount of money, like $200, and that becomes your credit limit. It helps you to rebuild your credit rating, and it reports to the credit bureaus for you so when you make your payments on time it boosts your credit rating.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Simply delicious ingredients come together in this simple tomato salad
3 ripe Tomatoes sliced
1 finely sliced white salad onion
2 tablespoons coriander leaves
2 tablespoons Lime juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
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Arrange tomatoes on a serving plate and top with onion and coriander.
Drizzle over lime juice and sprinkle with sea salt to serve.
Recipe by Bill Granger from bill's food
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The San Francisco Chronicle will debut a new weekly style section, SFiS Style, this Sunday, May 8. The new glossy section will feature high-end fashion, home design, lifestyle stories and profiles of well-known Bay Area personalities.
Through quality photography and writing, the 12-page section will bring together the latest in Bay Area fashion, beauty, lifestyle trends, cutting-edge design, social events, weddings and new and notable store openings. Along with a pick for "hot spot" of the week, insiders will offer tips on their favorite places to shop, eat or find serenity in the Bay Area.
"The new SFiS Style section has the look and feel of a magazine - printed on glossy paper with dazzling color reproduction that enhances content unique to San Francisco," said Ward Bushee, executive vice president and editor of The Chronicle. "It is a one-of-a-kind section among Sunday newspapers around the country."
About the San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com
The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco Chronicle is the Bay Area's leading news and information source and has been connecting the region with its award-winning journalism since its founding in 1865. Combined with its online home, SFGate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle reaches 1.8 million Bay Area adults each week.